The Best of Costa Rican Cuisine: 10 Foods to Try in Costa Rica (With Recipes!) GALLO PINTO . Literally meaning “painted rooster,” Gallo pinto is a favorite rice -and-beans concoction that is commonly considered the national dish of Costa Rica. CASADO . OLLA DE CARNE. SOPA NEGRA. CEVICHE. CHIFRIJO. PLANTAINS. TAMALES .
Food and water in Costa Rica is very safe . You don’t need to avoid ice or drinking tap water.
Dining hours in Costa Rica are flexible but generally follow North American customs. Some downtown restaurants in San José are open 24 hours; however, expensive restaurants tend to be open for lunch between 11am and 3pm and for dinner between 6 and 10pm.
Thanks to reasonable taxation laws and affordable property, Costa Rica has a large American ex-pat community, and chain restaurants are proving to be quite the hit with Americans living here.
Wash your hands before eating, Take sensible precautions with where you eat while travelling around the country. Chose places with a high turnover so the food will be fresh, avoid eating uncooked vegetables and unpasteurized milk and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt.
Tipping in Costa Rica : Tipping waiters and waitresses Tipping restaurant wait staff an average of 15-20% is the norm in Costa Rica . Many restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge (a mandatory gratuity charge) to their bills, which may appear as a 10% service tax or service fee.
Fruit in Costa Rica is fresh, abundant, and incredibly tasty. But if you don’t come from the tropics, your stomach may not be used to digesting high quantities of rich fruit . Eat too much and you may suffer from some unpleasant gastronomical side effects. Fruit consumption in moderation is the key.
Tap Water . It’s generally safe to drink tap water in Costa Rica , except in the most rural and undeveloped parts of the country. However, if you prefer to be cautious, buying bottled water is your best bet.
Costa Rica doesn’t have a strict dress code so comfortable and casual is best for pretty much the entire country. At the beach, your wardrobe will consist mostly of shorts, tank tops and flip flops. In the city, we recommend closed toed shoes, long pants and a light jacket or sweater.
The most important meal of the day Another popular dish is the Cerviche Tico. Tico is actually a colloquial term for a Costa Rican . This dish utilises the fish found in the waters here, as on one side of Costa Rica is the Pacific Ocean and on the other is the Caribbean Sea.
Aside from the more serious Zika, if you are out in the remote areas of the country, there is also Dengue Fever. You can protect yourself and your family using bug spray and avoid breeding areas of the carriers of the Zika and Dengue by asking your hotel staff or local guide. Also, bug spray in Costa Rica is expensive.